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SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY [clear filter]
Friday, November 8
 

2:00pm

Medical ethics: when should doctors step back?
Where money, medical technology, human suffering and moral concerns about euthanasia collide.


Friday November 8, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Idaho

3:00pm

Space Colonies the Ultimate Gated Communities
At $200,000 a condo, one could raise about $40 billion to make a 200,000 person O'Neill space colony. The technology might be possible soon. Any takers?


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Alaska

3:00pm

The Space Race: have we disqualified ourselves?
Can we still maintain an edge in space technology without heavy lift capability of our own? Will private industry pick up the baton?


Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Idaho

4:00pm

The Science of funding Science
Are we missing out on gaining knowledge because of political correctness?


Friday November 8, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska

5:00pm

Living With Late Stage Cancer
What it's like to live from scan to scan, how we learn about different treatment options, coping when treatment fails, and answering questions from the audience.

Moderators
Panelists

Friday November 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alaska

5:00pm

World Building Geophysics
Creating credible planets. Realistic geophysical architecture.


Friday November 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Idaho
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am

Would you go to a doctor whose professors were witch doctors?
What medicine has gotten right and wrong over the eons.

Moderators
Panelists

Saturday November 9, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Idaho

12:00pm

Can technology save the world?
China is becoming ... something. North Korea is just plain scary. Energy-starved nations wanting nuclear power vs. fears of a potential for nuclear war. How technology affects developing nations, how fast can they get it by what means, and what will it do to the world's future?


Saturday November 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alaska

1:00pm

Do we all really need to know calculus?
Is it really necessary for everyone to graduate from high school knowing physics? How much math do we really use on a daily basis?


Saturday November 9, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alaska

2:00pm

Can the USA become a nation of makers again?
What's stopping us? What's helping us? What do we need to do?


Saturday November 9, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Idaho

2:00pm

The Suburban Survivalist
With solar cells, satellite comm, compost piles, high tech vegetable gardens, 3D printers, and so on, how long before an ordinary tract home can go "off grid" in ways that would make the 70's era survivalist recluse envious. How far will some people go to pull the plug? How many will do so? What difference will it make to society?


Saturday November 9, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Alaska

3:00pm

300 Years from Now
What will Earth be like? Will we recognize it? Will we have left? Will we have survived?


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Alaska

3:00pm

The Prime Directive; Altruism or Survival Strategy?
Is non-interference attractive because it makes us draw less attention to ourselves, or because philosophically it's just a better idea?


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Idaho

4:00pm

Copy Machines - precursor to replicator?
It's not Star Trek yet, but 3D printers are getting better and cheaper fast. Higher end machines can do complex multi material objects. What are the economic and social implications? Is SF taking note?


Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Idaho

4:00pm

I want to get my Science on?
Where does the lay person keep up with the latest developments


Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska

5:00pm

Ask Dr. Genius: Ad-Lib Answers to Audience Questions
No, really, they're real scientists, honest. Bring your science questions, and if they don't have an answer they'll make something up, and it might even be sort of right.


Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alaska

5:00pm

Science and Spirituality
Are science and spirituality mutually exclusive or intertwined?


Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Idaho
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am

Ceres: Our Closest Dwarf Planet
Almost forgotten in the Pluto controversy, was the upgrade of Ceres to dwarf planet. What are dwarf planets? Come and learn more.


Sunday November 10, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Alaska

10:00am

The Time Traveler's Wife
Social consequences of time travel.


Sunday November 10, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Idaho

11:00am

Cancer sucks-is there hope?
New insights into cancer provides glimmers of hope for victims and their families. How are new treatment options shaping up? How soon can we hope for a cure?


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alaska

11:00am

Ghost in the Machine or Grandpa?
Is a personality upload a real person? Can they vote? What do they do for a living? Or for fun?


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idaho

12:00pm

How can we become energy independent?
Natural gas powered cars? Cold fusion? Tapping the earth's core? Compost for energy?


Sunday November 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alaska

1:00pm

Midi-chlorians? Really?!
Best and worst science in the movies.


Sunday November 10, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alaska

1:00pm

Starting from Scratch
How would you rebuild society from the ground up?


Sunday November 10, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Idaho

2:00pm

Google Car
Do you want one or is it the next sign of the Apocalypse?


Sunday November 10, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Idaho

4:00pm

Science SF and Religion
A discussion of the ultimate questions


Sunday November 10, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Idaho